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Channel Five satellite changes in the next few weeks. — 20 Comments

    • Why?
      They don’t have any obligations to be on 27 west – as seen by the last 5 or so years when they have not been on it.
      And moving to one region version makes no difference any way, as they could have had one version on there already anyway.

    • But why now, when they have not been on there for the last 3-5 years? Makes no sense to suddenly move on there. They are trying to cut costs, not incur more! Mabe if and when 5HD moves to Freeview, it may be considered, but even then that is not a given. It may be “only national backup path via satellite”, but then fibre optic and relays are already there as backup, and how many times has this system actually been used as back up ?

        • But it is not the BBC that is using 27 west – it is Arquiva, or whoever operates Freeview these days – And if it is Arquiva, then they own and operate most of the UK fibre optic networks… so not much cost to them involved in that.
          And it is fair cheaper not to use 27 west anyway…I bet it has hardly been used for any back up for a long time, so is it really cost efficient…?

          • Still cheaper to stay on 27 west rather than optic.And Arquiva don’t do nothing for free. That includes changing the codes? Like you say the BBC are trying to save money not waist it.

          • Arquiva operate Freeview, and the “BBC Satback” service – not the BBC.
            But if the BBC were anting to save money, then cutting this service may be better than closing a full channel!

          • Terrestrial based outages are rare and fall back to national services via satellite is not common.

          • That is my point – if terrestrial failures are rare, then why have back up service via satellite (i907), when there is fibre optic between masts, and Astra 2 satellites all readily available?

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  2. Comms 2003 Could also be amended.
    Adding HD versions of the PSB channels like Channel 5 HD .which at the moment is on the paywall.
    And can be viewed in spain easy

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